Cultural Revolution

Cultural Revolution

noun
a radical sociopolitical movement in China c1966–71, led by Mao Zedong and characterized by military rule, terrorism, purges, restructuring of the educational system, etc. Compare Gang of Four, Red Guard.
Also called Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution.


Origin:
translation of Chinese wénhuà gémìng

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Cultural Revolution
 
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Also called: Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (in China) a mass movement (1965--68), in which the youthful Red Guard played a prominent part. It was initiated by Mao Tse-tung to destroy the power of the bureaucrats and to revolutionize the attitudes and behaviour of the people

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Cultural Revolution
1966, from Chinese, translation of Wuchan Jieji Wenhua Da Geming "Proletarian Cultural Great Revolution."
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